Designer of the Year Title at the Miss Garden Route & Klein Karoo

Who will bet the Designer of the Year  at the Miss Garden Route  and Klein Karoo Pageant

Two Mossel Bay fashion designers will be in the run for the Designer of the Year title at the Miss Garden Route & Klein Karoo 2011 pageant at the gala evening planned for 1 October at the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort. The rest of the lineup consists of a designer from Great Brak, two from George and one from Uniondale. The six designers from the Southern Cape region will each design two outfits to dress the 12 finalists for the grand finale of the pageant.

designers for miss garden route and klein karoo 2011

(PHOTO: Denise Lloyd)

Four of the designers that will take part in the Designers Competition, which forms part of the Miss Garden Route and Klein Karoo 2011 project, recently showcased some of their designs. Here they are with models showing off the beautiful garments. Seated are:Thabo Direko (second from right) from KwaNonqaba in Mossel Bay,  Mariëtte Hankey from Wilderness and Juan-Loui Venter from Uniondale. The models are (from left): Ntombie Princess  from Mossel Bay (in Susan Moodie’s designs), and Penelope Dimba from Mossel Bay (in Thabo’s design), Juvani du Toit from George (in Mariëttte’s designs),  Patience Dlamini from Mossel Bay (Susan Moodie design),  Zizipho Nzima from Mossel Bay (in a Juan-Loui design) and Tilana Burger from George (Mariëtte Hankey design)

A new resident, Thabo Direko, is originally from Parys in the Free State. He is a creative designer who has now based himself in Mossel Bay. Thabo got involved in the Miss KwaNonqaba pageant and was noticed by our own Mr Western Cape 2011, Vuyo Mfumbe. Thabo now makes sure that Vuyo steals the limelight wherever he performs.

The second Mossel Bay designer is Susan Moodie, who was also one of the designers at the 2010 competition. Susan has an African flair and makes sure that her models look stunning in her African inspired creations.

Bianca Boshoff is a young designer from Great Brak River. She also took part in last year’s competition.

One of the George designers is Jeanine Barnard who designed the dress worn by last year’s winner Marizanne Visser at the gala evening. She loves playing with colour and designs inspired by nature.

A brand new resident to the Southern Cape, Mariëtte Hankey is an experienced lecturer in fashion design. She and her family moved to Wilderness and she has just opened The Fashion Design Training Studio in George. Mariëtte has for many years designed and supplied clothing under her own label: Martezi.

Juan-Loui from Uniondale also took part last year. He moved from Pretoria to Uniondale and specializes in romantic, elegant and very feminine fashions. “The more expensive the material, the better” he added.

What makes the competition so special is that the designers have only five days to complete two outfits. Each designer will draw the names of two finalists on the Monday before the pageant. Up till then they will have no idea of who they will be designing for. The basic outfits can be made up, but they will only be able to take the measurements on that evening. The designers will then have to make and fit the garments for the grand finale within five days.

The winning designer will walk away with the title as well as a cash prize of R5 000 sponsored by Die Burger. A feature on the winning designer will also be published.

The Master of Ceremonies for the gala evening is Eloise Cupido. She will be joined on stage by the special artist, Nicholas Louw. An array of celebs will also rub shoulders with the guests and finalist. Natasha Sutherland and Sandra Prinsloo only two of the ladies that have pledged their support for this project.

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